Urania’s Mirror constellation cards

Orion the Hunter, from Urania's Mirror (London, 1825), OUConstellation figures make the star patterns of the constellations memorable and easier to learn. Each card illustrates one or a few constellations. Each set includes a “Things to do” card listing many activities for all ages using the cards. For example, print the cards on cardstock, and punch holes in the positions of the brightest stars; then hold any card up to a light and compare the star pattern with the constellation figure.

Card sets will appear below for several of the major historical star atlases. Look for them to appear over the spring semester 2016. We begin with the original Urania’s Mirror, a boxed set of 32 constellation cards published in London in 1825.

  1. Urania's Mirror (London, 1825), OUUrania’s Mirror, Original edition:
    Urania’s Mirror (London, 1825).
    Displayed at the National Weather Center

  2. Urania’s Mirror, Ptolemy edition:
    Ptolemy, Opera (Basel, 1541).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  3. Urania’s Mirror, Bayer edition:
    Johann Bayer, Uranometria (Ulm, 1661; orig. publ. 1603).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  4. Urania’s Mirror, Hevelius edition:
    Johann Hevelius, Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia (Gdansk, 1690).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  5. Urania’s Mirror, Flamsteed edition:
    John Flamsteed, Atlas coelestis (London, 1729).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  6. Urania’s Mirror, Bode edition:
    Johann Bode, Uranographia (Berlin, 1801).
    Displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. (coming soon)
    • Full page version
    • Half-page version (2 cards per page)

  7. Urania’s Mirror, Mix and Match edition:
    Constellation cards from a variety of star atlases.
    Displayed at various locations during Galileo’s World. (coming soon)

Each of these constellation card sets are made available cc-by-nc-sa courtesy of the OU Academy of the Lynx, History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries, as part of the Galileo’s World exhibition. For additional Open Educational Resources, see the OER page.

Parental and educator advisory note: The facial expressions on some figures relate them to stories in traditional mythology which may not seem pleasant for the youngest children. Constellation figures from these historical sources likely include artistic nudity.

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OER Formats

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Galileo's World logoOpen Educational Resources (OER’s) are free learning resources that may be shared, customized and reused.

  1. Exhibit website – Explore the exhibit website, which works on all digital devices. Click the Events tab to follow Galileo’s World opportunities on campus. Click the Location tab to learn where the more than 20 differently-themed galleries are. Mark favorite items, construct a personalized itinerary, and plan your visits. Jump to digitized versions of the books in the digital library, read their descriptions in the online catalog, and explore further links. Note: The captions on this website are written for the casual visitor walking through the exhibit for the first time. For educational use, supplement it with the resources below.
  2. Exhibit website

  3. Exhibit Guide – With over 1,000 pages of information and over 6,000 images, this iBook is the most complete source of content for the Galileo’s World exhibition, designed for educators, group leaders, classes, and individual study beyond the first walk-through. Like the exhibit website, this guide interlinks all 20 galleries of the Galileo’s World exhibition for 7 different locations, covering about 350 rare books. Captions are roughly twice as long as at the exhibit website. Use this Exhibit Guide to plan pre-visit or post-visit activities, to explore more deeply during a visit, or remotely to enjoy a virtual tour with your feet up in an easy chair. This enhanced iBook works on all Apple devices (Mac and iOS) with the free iBooks app installed.
    • Galileo’s World iTunes U Course – A 4-week course allows you to more leisurely digest the vast amount of material included in the Galileo’s World Exhibit Guide. This works on iOS devices with the free iTunes U app installed. It links to related sources online, at OER Commons, and in the iBookstore.
  4. iBook Exhibit Guide


  5. OER Commons: Thousands of educators use OER Commons to share activities and learning resources. Learning resources may be tagged according to specific educational standards in multiple subject areas and age levels for each state. Educators may customize existing activities to fit their own needs. From the OU Lynx pages at OER Commons, download exhibit-based learning activities (including original image files) to remix or share.
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  7. Learning Leaflets: Brief learning activities, often extracted or abbreviated from the Exhibit Guide, are designed to be useful in a variety of teaching situations. Learning Leaflets contain abbreviated text juxtaposed with intriguing images to provoke reflection and discussion. They are “small pieces loosely joined,” adaptable to support lessons in multiple subject areas and age levels. Each Learning Leaflet consists of a two-page pdf to print front-and-back on a single sheet of paper. Download Learning Leaflets using the links on the OER page (pdf format); or visit the OU Lynx pages at OER Commons for longer versions or to remix them for your own use.
  8. Learning Leaflet, frontLearning Leaflet, back

  9. OU Lynx blog: Miscellaneous learning resources will be posted here at the oulynx.org blog. Some examples:
  10. These OER’s are bookmarked in the top-right corner of the OU Lynx blog under “Educational Resources.” Follow the blog to stay up-to-date with the latest OER development.


Have comments or suggestions about Galileo’s World OER’s? Want to join in the development? Email us at oulynx@ou.edu.

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Galileo’s World timeline

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Galileo's World timeline

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